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  • VCT
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    IF, Can you sort of do a shorter version of the breed standard to "blend" the totally clipped part in more, so the arch is more correct, but just shorter? I'm sure the judges would understand what happened?

    I feel so bad that you have to scratch... I would think they would understand since it's not a permanent issue...

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  • deckchick
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    Ironwood, I know you are not looking for kudos, but good on ya. To me you are what a decent human should be, kind, thoughtful and caring about others.

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  • IronwoodFarm
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    Roaching the mane is an option and one that I may be forced to do. It's not the breed standard.

    The excuse given for the clipping is that they were ignorant of the breed standard and thought they were improving the horse. I guess with over 3 years driving at my farm, they must have never ever noticed that none of my horses' manes looked like their vision of perfection. Being the experts that they are they knew better than me.

    They will not be driving my horses again by their own choice. I certainly hope they acquire a cart, a harness, and a horse for the husband to drive. It gives him great joy to be able to work with a horse again. He loves competing, too. I also left the door open to his coming back at some point in the future.

    I do believe in giving back to other horse people. I think there is a karma bank and you need to deposit into it before you can withdraw from it. I know I did the right thing by helping a handicapped person. If he is insulted by people wanting to help him because of his disability (and believe me, to drive took ALOT of help and required well trained horses) then so be it. My actions were not done out of pity, but rather to help someone with special needs work with horses in a way he could not at home.
    Last edited by IronwoodFarm; Jul. 3, 2011, 12:35 PM.

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  • cu.at.x
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    I have borrowed other people's horses before, and I would never, EVER do this. Seriously, what were they thinking? SMH

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  • fourmares
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    Can you try roaching the mare's mane down a lot shorter or is that a big no no?

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  • Stacie
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    Wow IronwoodFarm. That really and truly sucks. And on top of it, they are ungrateful for the opportunity to drive your horses at all. You are well rid of them

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  • MistyBlue
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    Awww...LOL! Well at least he didn't have the little mustache.

    That forelock trim happens often by accident or not. But it just shows up so well on the thick dark Fjorelock against the face color!

    And it grew out nice. I have an AQHA gelding that I've had over 2.5 years now. I have not touched his mane or forelock at all except for grooming. And it looks exactly the same as when I got him. Hasn't grown a single inch. It still looks like a partially grown out pulled mane that stands straight on end. Even his forelock stands straight up!

    I would've fixed it by now, but it's so hilarious looking that I can't bring myself to fix it. No matter how bad a day I'm having, all Sonny has to do is look at me with that hairdo he has and I grin.

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  • MHM
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    Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
    Natalie.... ..on that forelock photo!
    My first thought when I opened the picture was, "Hey Moe! Nyuck nyuck, nyuck!"
    Ditto! Poor thing.

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  • Long Spot
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    I actually choked. I did the super quick and deep shocked inhale while eating.

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  • MistyBlue
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    Natalie.... ..on that forelock photo!
    My first thought when I opened the picture was, "Hey Moe! Nyuck nyuck, nyuck!"

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  • Natalie A
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    Yuck, mangled Fjord manes are awful. Someone butchered the gelding I ride's forelock a few years ago... apparently with the owner's consent but it was an awful idea (evidence. Ignore the fact he's dressed as a hot dog). Thankfully it quickly grew back.
    Last edited by Natalie A; Jul. 8, 2017, 01:56 AM.

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  • katarine
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    Originally posted by IronwoodFarm View Post
    Great mane! All you non-Fjord people -- think about how bad this mare would look with the first 4 inches removed.

    In response to Giddy-up, the reason I have not completely banned these people is because the husband is handicapped. Driving is the one thing he can do where he is like everyone else. He may be a clueless about grooming, but cutting him off would be harsh. Limited showing while closely supervised seems the best option for now.
    Since this was apparently the equivalent of spitting in his eye, invoice them for the use of the mare, and the cost of missing her class.

    I'm sorry they haven't a CLUE how selfish and self-involved they are. Disabled or no, Clueless? Check!

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  • Gnalli
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    I think I would have thrown an unladylike fit. I am still p.o.ed at my youngest dd (who definitely knows how a gaited forelock should be) for screwing it up on my old horse. Oh, so not happy!!!

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  • DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho"
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    Maybe what you need to do is find their 6 yr old daughter and give her a mohawk? because hey, no problem!! It'll grow out!

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  • VCT
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    I once had my TB out on a 6 month lease because I was having back surgery.

    They pulled his tail.

    It took over 2 years to grow back to how it was.

    I was LIVID.

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  • ESG
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    Originally posted by IronwoodFarm View Post
    So apparently my posting on #48 was the most insulting and horrible comment known to mankind. I guess I am stunned that he didn't realize I was helping him because of his disability. Otherwise I would have been charging him for the use of my horse, equipment, facilities and my time.

    Anyway, the drama is gone now.
    Wow. Just wow.

    In theory, I know that no good deed goes unpunished, but every time I see an example of it in action, I'm still surprised.

    Some disabled people are worth helping. You were unfortunate enough to encounter one who not only isn't, but is actively unpleasant and has a gargantuan sense of entitlement. I'm delighted he's no longer in the picture.

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  • Ghazzu
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    Originally posted by IronwoodFarm View Post
    So apparently my posting on #48 was the most insulting and horrible comment known to mankind. I guess I am stunned that he didn't realize I was helping him because of his disability. Otherwise I would have been charging him for the use of my horse, equipment, facilities and my time.

    Anyway, the drama is gone now.
    If this means they're PO'ed at you, and don't want to borrow your horse any more, I think you're better off.

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  • ambar
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    I remember, way-back-when, taking the Paso Fino stallion (show ring allowed 1" bridle path MAX) to the Arabian trainer, and failing to mention the bridle path rules. Yep, 4" of mane lost. Fortunately it was winter and we had the time to grow it out.

    A friend of mine reminisces about when Arabian trainers &etc asked permission before taking clippers to a horse. (He's a no-bridlepath-ever sort of guy. I'm still in 1" land myself -- but don't even think about banging my horses' tails.)

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  • Long Spot
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    Uh oh. Does that mean they saw the thread?

    You know, sometimes, when faced with things we've done we should be embarrassed about, we try to strike out at the other person so we don't have to feel that uncomfortable "in the wrong" feeling.

    Hang in there, Ironwood. Hope the inspection goes well, and that the mane rudely cut by someone you were doing a giant favor for grows back quickly.

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  • Alagirl
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    Originally posted by IronwoodFarm View Post
    So apparently my posting on #48 was the most insulting and horrible comment known to mankind. I guess I am stunned that he didn't realize I was helping him because of his disability. Otherwise I would have been charging him for the use of my horse, equipment, facilities and my time.

    Anyway, the drama is gone now.
    So if they can't trim your horses willy-nilly they won't borrow them anymore?

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